Keep the Lights On Scores Four Spirit Awards Nods, How to Survive a Plague Wins Gotham Award

This Tuesday, the nominees for Film Independent’s Spirit Awards were announced, recognizing accomplishments by indie filmmakers’ during the past year.  Several LGBT inclusive films received nods, including Ira Sachs’ Keep the Lights On which was nominated in four categories.

One of those categories was the Best Feature category, where Keep the Lights On was nominated alongside the also gay-inclusive film BernieLights’ writer/director Ira Sachs also received two nods, one for Best Director and one for Best Screenplay.  Rashida Jones and Will McCormack were nominated in the Best First Screenplay Category for their inclusive film Celeste and Jesse Forever, as was Jonathan Lisecki for his film Gayby.  Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower received a nod in the Best First Feature category while Mosquita y Mari was nominated for the John Cassavetes Award, which recognizes films made for under $500,000.  The HIV/AIDS documentary How to Survive a Plague was nominated for Best Documentary.

Jack Black who plays the gay title character in Bernie received a nomination in the Best Male Lead category, as was Thure Lindhart for the lead role of Erik in Keep the Lights On.  Rosemarie DeWitt was also nominated for her portrayal of Hannah on Your Sister’s Sister in the Best Supporting Female category.

The cast of Your Sister’s Sister was also recognized at last night’s Gotham Awards, where they won for Best Ensemble Performance.  It was also a great night for How to Survive a Plague, which won the award for Best Documentary feature.

Spirit Award winners will be announced at a ceremony on February 23, 2013.  For a full list of nominees, click here.

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